Meet Your Woodbury Orthodontist

Dr. Steve Henseler orthodontist
Dr. Paul Kocian orthodontist


Meet Dr. Steve Henseler

Dr. Steve Henseler is an orthodontist who has dedicated his professional career to helping others achieve beautiful smiles. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire with a B.S. in Biology, received his D.D.S. from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry with High Distinction, and earned his orthodontic certificate and Master of Science degree from the University of Minnesota orthodontic residency program. In 1995, he established a practice in Woodbury, Minnesota. Outside of the office, Dr. Henseler is an active member of the community, giving back through annual sponsorships of the Woodbury Safety Camp, supporting local schools and youth organizations, and volunteering to coach Soccer and Track & Field at St. Ambrose Catholic School. He and his wife, Dr. Julie Henseler, reside in Woodbury with their sons, Ethan and Nicholas. Dr. Henseler has recently been chosen for the sixth consecutive year as MPLS/St. Paul Magazines Top Orthodontist. He is committed to providing the highest standard of orthodontic care in a fun and relaxed environment.

Meet Dr. Paul Kocian

Dr. Paul Kocian is a highly-skilled orthodontic specialist who has been practicing for either years. He has an impressive educational background, having earned both his D.D.S and Certificate of Specialty in Orthodontics from the University of Minnesota and the University of Pennsylvania, respectively. Dr. Kocian has also served in the U.S Navy and taught orthodontic techniques and planning to dental residents. He is passionate about helping patients achieve beautiful smiles and dedicated to providing the highest quality of care.

How orthodontists and dentists differ

While orthodontists and dentists have similar backgrounds, the two professions are actually quite different. In fact, all orthodontist are trained as dentists first, but in addition to completing dental school to become a dentist, orthodontists continue their education for a few additional years to earn the license and certification necessary to be considered an orthodontist. That means that orthodontists have spent years studying nothing but how and why to move teeth. That education includes what to do, how to plan and how to execute the appropriate treatment plan for patients' unique cases.

Why seeing an orthodontist matters

If you're hoping to achieve a beautiful, straight forever smile that you can feel confident in, it's important that you see an orthodontist to help guide you on your journey. This is because the additional training that orthodontists undergo helps them develop the skills necessary to diagnose and treat more complex orthodontic cases. Dentists also receive basic orthodontic training which enables them to perform root canals, extract wisdom teeth and treat young children who do not need to see an orthodontist yet.

Seeing your Woodbury orthodontist may change your experience in braces by:

    • Providing additional treatment options.


    • Giving you more efficient treatment and visits, because it is the office's primary area of care.


    • Knowing that you'll receive the best possible outcome on your treatment plan, especially if you have severe bite problems that need to be addressed.


    • Personal experience treating multiple cases that share your unique concerns


    • Being seen more quickly, as a family dentist will be focused on longer patient cases or emergencies throughout the day.


    • You may think it's easier to have your orthodontic work completed by your dentist. Convenience shouldn't be a concern, because you will only be stopping by your Woodbury orthodontist's offices every six to eight weeks.


And don't let price be a problem either! Henseler & Kocian Orthodontics is proud to provide affordable treatment in the Woodbury area.